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Shiva Eyes

Also  known  as  Shiva  Shell  or  sometimes  Pacific Cat’s Eye, Shiva Eye is a stunning natural  gem whose pattern is completely made by Mother  Nature. 

Discovered on the seabed in the shallow tropical  waters  of  Thailand  and  Indonesia,  the  gem  is  actually the protective door found at the opening  of the Turban Snail’s shell, which towards the end  of the snail’s natural life, detaches and sinks to the  seabed. Although each spiral is similar in pattern,  as with all organic gemstones, each one will vary  slightly. 

Across the gem-rich countries of India, Tibet and  Sri Lanka, many Hindus worship the god Shiva.  Many pictures of Shiva show a third eye in the  middle of the god’s forehead and it is from this  that the gem’s name is derived.

As with many shells the Shiva Eye is made of  calcium  carbonate. Although  its  body  colour  is  always  whitish,  its  beautiful  swirl  can  vary  in  colour, depending on the snail’s diet!